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ATF Travex 2012 Opens Next Week

ATF Travex 2012 Opens Next Week

The newly constructed Golden Kawanua Exhibition Hall, venue for ATF 2012 Travex, is geared up to welcome over 1,400 delegates to Manado in Indonesia next week from 13th – 15th January. Pre-event registrations are close to 1,000 exhibitors, 390 buyers and more than 100 media delegates – including Irish Travel Trade News.

The exhibitor delegation will feature 438 booths represented by 390 companies and properties across the 10 ASEAN countries. Host country Indonesia and Thailand form the two largest national contingents, with 112 and 92 exhibition booths respectively. Corporate exhibitors are also participating in a big way with 65 exhibition booths.

Destination ASEAN’s growing reach and popularity is evidenced by buyer participation from four new countries this year; Bulgaria, Egypt, Kuwait and New Zealand. Asia-Pacific strongly displays its purchasing power, with 48% of buyers hailing from the region. This is followed by 37.6% of the buyers representing Europe.

This year’s ASEAN Tourism Conference has the theme ‘ASEAN Goes Green’. Keynote speaker Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of UNWTO, will be joined by:

  • Dr Andy Nazarechuk, President, Asia-Pacific CHRIE
  • Martin Craigs, Chief Executive, PATA
  • Tatsuro Nakamura, Senior Executive Director, JATA Board
  • Jim Boyles, General Manager, Melia, Bali

For more information and programme updates on ATF 2012, visit atfindonesia.com.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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